Dick Van Dyke is a Disney legend, and this past weekend he made a rare appearance in Southern California.
A Disney Legend
Dick Van Dyke is a Disney legend for his role as Bert in the beloved movie Mary Poppins (1964). In the Academy Award-winning film, Van Dyke plays a chimney sweep who brings guests to Cherry Tree Lane for adventure, magic, and fantasy.
Van Dyke was the lead singer on beloved songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Step in Time,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”.
Even though Disney fans know him as Bert, not all his roles were in Disney films. Van Dyke also starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and even returned to TV with Diagnosis Murder.
In 2001, Van Dyke did narrate the film Walt: The Man Behind the Myth. A documentary that focused on the life of Walt Disney.
A Portrait Series
The 97-year-old Van Dyke doesn’t make too many public appearances, but he did so this weekend. Van Dyke attended Dick Van Dyke- Moments in Time, a portrait series by photographer Laura Johansen.
The event is being held at Malibu City Hall and was presented by the Malibu Arts Commission. Following a 2015 photoshoot with his family, Johansen became Van Dyke’s photographer.
Variety Show Tribute
As the beloved actor turns 98 this year on December 13, it isn’t just the portrait series that is celebrating Van Dyke. On December 21, CBS will run a tribute called Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic.
The two-hour special will be a tribute to Van Dyke, taking a look at his many accomplishments throughout the years. The tribute will have special music, performances, and even special guests.
Van Dyke started with CBS in 1955 and found it fitting that CBS would honor him with a birthday special. “I’ve been with the CBS family for almost 70 years and couldn’t be prouder. I’m incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me,” the four-time Emmy Award winner added. “Can’t wait to be part of the show!”
Dick Van Dyke- Moments in Time which opened November 19, will run through Janurary 5 at Malibu City Hall. CBS will air the tribute on December 21, a few days following his birthday.
Not Slowing Down
Dick Van Dyke doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. Although he doesn’t like watching reruns of himself on television, he states that he would be willing to do a play moving forward. Van Dyke previously told People that he has enough material to do a one-man show that could be a lot of fun.
In his book Keep Moving, Van Dyke talks about the importance of moving our bodies every day. “And I advise everybody to do that, because that’s what ages people — it’s just a stiffening up and not exercising their muscles and their lungs. Exercise is the answer,” he added.
It is great to see Dick Van Dyke being celebrated in so many ways as he moves towards is 98th birthday next month.